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08 Purushottama Dasa
From the time he was a small boy, Purusottama dasa Thakura was dedicated to constantly meditating on the lotus feet of Shri Nityananda Prabhu. The cowherd boy Stoka Krishna appeared in Gaura lila as Purushottama dasa. More »« Less
"The twenty-third and twenty-fourth prominent devotees of Nityananda Prabhu were Sadasiva Kaviraja and his son Purusottama dasa, who was the tenth gopala. Since birth, Purusottama dasa was merged in the service of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda Prabhu, and he was always engaged in childish play with Lord Krishna." [C.C. Adi 11.8-39] "Shri Sadasiva Kaviraja was extremely fortunate. His son's name was Shri Purusottama das. He was never externally consious of his material body. Nityananda Candra enacted many pastimes from within his heart." [C.B. Antya 5/741-742]
Shri Bhaktivedanta Swami writes: ?Sadasiva Kaviraja and Nagara Puruaottama, who were father and son, are described in the Chaitanya-Bhagavata as maha-bhagyavan, greatly fortunate. They belonged to the vaidya caste of physicians. The Gaura-ganodesa -dapika, verse 156, says that Candravali, a most beloved gopa of Krishna, later took birth as Sadasiva Kaviraja were great devotees of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Puruaottama dasa Thakura sometimes lived at Sukhasagara, near the Cakadaha and Simurali railway stations. All the Deities installed by Puruaottama Thakura were formerly situated in Beleaaaga-grama, but when the temple was destroyed, the Deities were brought to Sukhasagara. When that temple merged inthe bed of the Ganges, the Deities were brought with Jahnava-mata?s Deity to Sahebaaaaga Beaigrama. Since that place also has been destroyed, all the Deities are now situated in the village named Canduaegrama, which is situated one mile up from Palapaaa, as referred to above.?
Kaviraja GoSwami remarks about the son of Puruaottama dasa Thakura, ?Shri Kanu Thakura, a very respectable gentleman, was the son of Puruaottama dasa Thakura. He was such a great devotee that Lord Krishna always liked in his body.?
Purusottama dasa Thakura?s wife?s name was Jahnava. She passed away just after bearing Puruaottama dasa Thakura?s son Kanu. Hearing this news, Nityananda Prabhu went to the house of Puruaottama dasa Thakura and took his son Kanu with him to his own village of Khaaadaha. Kanu Thakura was born on the ratha-yatra day in the year 1450 Saka era. Seeing his great devotion, Nityananda Prabhu gave him the name Siau Krishnadasa. When he was five years old, Kanu Thakura was taken to Vandavana by Jahnava Mata. Upon seeing the great devotion of the boy, Java GoSwami and the other Goswami?s called him Kanai Thakura. The people say that one day Kanai Thakura was in Vandavana, dancing in the ecstasy of kartana and while dancing, a bangle fell from his feet. At that time he said, ?At the place where this bangle has fallen I shall make my residence.? At present that bangle is kept in a temple in a village called Khana grama in the Yaaohara district of Bengal, which is where the original family home of Kanai Thakura was locatedThe book called Prema-vilasa observes that Kanai Thakura was present at the great festival of Kheturi-grama with Shri Jahnava Mata. Just as his father Puruaottama dasa Thakura had accepted many disciples from brahmana families, so also did Kanai Thakura.
Shri Purusottama Thakura had three main disciples: Shri Madhavacarya, Shri Yadavacarya and Devakinandana dasa, who were born in Kulina brahmana families. Madhavacarya married Nityananda Prabhu's daughter, Ganga-devi. Devakinandana was the author of the book Vaisnav-vandane. Purusottama Thakura's Shripat was previously at Sukhasagar. Now his Deities are at Candriya Gram.
This temple is called Vasu-Jahnava Pat. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Kanai Thakura, the son of Purusottama, was the adopted son of Shri Jahnava.
Shri Purusottama Thakura was the cowherd boy Stokakrishna in Krishna-lila.